Using Primary Sources To Clarify the Nanking Incident
AbstractUsing Primary Sources to Clarify the Nanking Incident
by Tomisawa Shigenobu
The best approach to understanding the Nanking Incident should be via the use of primary source materials.
There are several primary sources that described the “Incident,” which happened in December 1937. The most important one among them is Documents of the Nanking Safety Zone, the activity report of the International Committee for the Safety Zone and published by Kelly & Walsh in Shanghai under the auspices of a Chinese Nationalist government agency. Mr. Tomisawa clarifies the situation in Nanking at that time and describes what really happened there mainly though the use of these documents.